An easy idea for a coffee table is using an ottoman. Look for an ottoman, either purchased new or from a thrift store, with a unique shape and detailing. This ottoman, which Nashville, Tenn., designer Jonathan Savage used in a showhouse, has an octagonal shape and gold square nail heads.
A turquoise mid-century modern chair highlights the piping of the scalloped ottoman in this carefully designed family room. The white bookshelf's lime green backing adds color, contrast and movement to the space.
Armchairs and an upholstered sofa create a comfortable seating area in this Charles Faudree-designed living room. Pinks pops of color on the ottoman, chairs and curtains liven up the otherwise neutral space.
This open plan living room successfully combines pieces from different design backgrounds—a cozy shabby chic sofa and ottoman, tailored gray armchair, simple wooden coffee table. Keeping the color palette neutral makes the look harmonious.
This modern rustic home design features a gray tile, double-sided fireplace with white shiplap above and a natural wood mantle. Two leather studded armchairs and neutral fabric sofa share the tufted leather ottoman.
Multiple patterns are beautifully coordinated across this seating area –– from the geometric rug and ottomans to the chevron pillows and ikat chairs. The sleek, transitional lines of the furniture help execute the pattern-heavy design.
Coffee tables don't always need to have hard edges. Look for a round shape, and an ottoman can serve double duty as seating and a coffee table. Here's an example from a room by Linda Castle of Decorated Designs, a metro Atlanta interior design firm.
Metallic-lined lamp shades and a glass cocktail table add a sense of opulence to this sitting area designed by Jaimie Belew while a contemporary sofa and tiger-print upholstered ottoman add a casual, playful undertone.
To give the living room plenty of seating, soft, floral print chairs and a sofa, along with a muted green, striped chair and ottoman were brought in to complement the country cottage design of the space.
A cozy reading chair and ottoman teams with a modern dresser that serves both as storage and a media center. This eclectic home features a cool color palette and pleasing mix of modern and retro design elements throughout.
This contemporary gray home office has sprawling city views with a large sitting area. The woven ottoman adds texture to the space and the striped rug parallels the beamed ceiling, making this well-designed space alluring and inviting.